It's back to work tomorrow, but we had such a nice long weekend. I hope you did, too! Ours was a great mix of activities and relaxion. Yesterday, I took the girls to a CNY event put on by a local university. (Even though CNY has officially ended.) It was great to learn about their active Chinese Cultural Club, considering they are only 15 minutes away. I plan on contacting them in the future to find someone who could help us with translation when Da Xin comes home.
I loved the architecture and beautiful pipe organ in this theatre
We had such a great day skiing today. Leila and Mia LOVED skiing, which made it enjoyable for Nolan and I to ski while they were busy having fun in ski school. Of course, we did have to take a few breaks to go over and watch them.
Riding the Magic Carpet
They both got into face paint markers before they even hit the slopes, so they skiid all day with smeared paint all over their faces. I am sure people wondered what type of skin condition Mia had. She had every color in the rainbow smeared into her entire face, and it didn't get much better when the instructors tried to clean her up. That's my girl!
Three women stopped me to ask how old Mia was. They couldn't believe how well she was skiing. She didn't make it past the bunny hill, but we thought she did really well.... especially for a first timer.
This was the part of the day that I had been dreading. Leila advanced past the bunny hill and went onto a bigger one. AND ON THE CHAIR LIFT!!! I saw tons of kids on the lifts today, but this over-protective mama just wanted to go slap a seat belt right on her. The instructor went up with her the first time, but then she went on her own. sniff sniff.
In addition to running my own photography business, I am a proud mother to three beautiful girls that were born in my heart, and a wife to my wonderful husband of 17 years. We adopted Leila from Moscow, Russia at 32-months old and Mia from Jiangsu Province, China at 13-months old. We thought we were done at two, until God led us on another journey to China - this time to bring home our 11-year old daughter, Kara Da Xin in July 2009. I am also the proud Aunt of two nephews, born in Guatemala, and a niece, born in China. I am so thankful to our Heavenly Father for blessing our family with these amazing children.
This is a very special necklace I had made to keep my children close to my heart. On the left, it says "family" in Russian. On the right, it says, "mother and daughter joined at the heart" in Chinese. I love this piece of jewelry and how it always reminds me of our journey to bring home our three precious girls.